The Adelante Leadership Institute Fellow Program
Across all sectors, Latinoa and Latinas are underrepresented in leadership roles. Though Latinos represent 20 percent of the American workforce, they represent only three percent of Fortune 500 board of directors and two percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. In the philanthropic sector, Latinos acount for less than three percent of foundation CEOs or Presidents. In the pollitical sector, only two percent of all local, state, and national elected offices are held by Latinos nationally. Of the 681 elected offices in Colorado, only 53 (7%) are held by Latinos. A sampling of 16 Colorado Springs nonprofit boards reinforce the underrepresentation of Latinos and Latinas as only 20 of 220 board members or 9% were Latino or Latina.
Last year, Latinos spent more than $12.3 billion in Colorado. Latino-owned small businesses were an important factor in the state’s economic recovery. However, Latinos are almost non-existent on the boards of Colorado-based corporate boards, C-suite executive roles, or trade associations.
To ensure that Latinos serve in greater leadership roles, the first Latino and Latina focused leadership program in Colorado Springs, the Adelante Leadership Institute (ALI) trains, supports, and elevates professional and executive Latinos to positions of influence. The ALI identifies and encourages emerging Latino and Latina leaders to embrace community involvement, civic engagement and service on boards and commissions. The ALI provides a culturally focused platform for Latino and Latina leaders to come to network, share ideas, problem solve and form collaborative relationships.
We will deliver Latino and Latina thought leaders with ethical behavior, respectful and inclusive relationships, selfless service, and an innate desire to make a difference in the Pikes Peak region.
The ALI’s 10-month fellowship program prepares 25 Colorado Springs Latino and “emerging majority” leaders for elevated roles in the public and private sector. Colorado Springs does not have a leadership program dedicated to cultivating and developing Latino and Latina leaders.